PM and ministers took two jets for clean energy announcement on RAAF advice, says Chris Bowen

Energy minister says air force advised the runaway at Scone, near Liddell power station, would not accomodate Albanese’s larger plane

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The energy minister, Chris Bowen, has defended the government’s decision to charter two jets from Canberra for a clean energy announcement in the Hunter region of New South Wales, blaming local airport limitations and a lack of commercial flights.

The prime minister, Anthony Albanese, Bowen and the industry minister, Ed Husic, travelled to Muswellbrook for the announcement of $1bn for the Sunshot program to support Australian-made solar panels last Thursday. Albanese called it “one of the most significant that will be made during our term”.

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